Honda Aircraft Company begins European sales of HondaJet

Honda Aircraft Company began European sales of the HondaJet advanced light jet at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) by introducing its first customer in the region – F-1 racer and business entrepreneur, Jenson Button. To provide sales and service support to its customers in Europe, the company announced that it will establish a new European network of three HondaJet-exclusive sales and service centers. Honda Aircraft Company will partner with TAG Aviation SA to establish HondaJet U.K. & Northern Europe at Farnborough Airport, U.K., with Rheinland Air Service GmbH to establish HondaJet Central Europe in Frankfurt, Germany and Read more

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DC Aviation to order two more Citation XLS

DC Aviation will be upgrading its fleet of Citation XLS to seven aircraft in June with another two Citation XLS. This will make DC Aviation the largest operator of Citation XLS in Europe. In total the company with headquarters in Stuttgart operates then 30 modern private jets of various sizes with an average age that is less than 2.5 years.

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ETA Star Group orders seven Embraer 170 Jets

Embraer signed a contract for the sale of seven Embraer 170 jets to ETA Star Group, of Dubai, with options for three more, and five purchase rights for any E-Jet model. The aircraft will be operated by the newly-created Star Aviation Pvt Ltd., of India. The deal, at list price, comes to $220.5 million, and could total $472.5 million, if all options and purchase rights are confirmed for the Embraer 170. Based in the city of Chennai, south India, Star Aviation will use the Embraer aircraft to operate regional routes on the Indian subcontinent, serving medium and low density markets. Read more

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Boeing celebrates debut of the new 777 Freighter

Boeing debuted the new 777 Freighter on May 21. With a maximum takeoff weight of 766,000 pounds (347,450 kilograms), the 777 Freighter will have a revenue payload capability of 226,000 pounds (103 metric tons). Following the debut events, the 777 Freighter will prepare to begin the flight test and certification program in June. The first 777 Freighter will be delivered to Air France in the fourth quarter.

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Babcock & Brown Air to acquire three aircraft

Babcock & Brown Air announced that it will acquire three aircraft, increasing its portfolio to 62. The new aircraft are: one Airbus A320-200 on lease to Virgin America (U.S.), one Boeing 737-800 on lease to Sky Airlines (Turkey) and one Boeing 757-200SF on lease to Icelandair (Iceland). The three aircraft will cost approximately $103 million. The acquisitions are being funded from the Company’s five-year, $1.2 billion aircraft acquisition facility. Following these acquisitions, B&B Air will have purchasing capacity of $584 million remaining in this facility.

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Embraer bolsters executive jet order book in the Middle East

Embraer has bolstered its executive jet order book in the Middle East with the signing of orders for two Legacy 600 jets, one Phenom 300, and one Phenom 100. The deal also includes a letter of intent for two Legacy 500 and one Legacy 450 jets, Embraer MSJ and Embraer MLJ aircraft. ASAIG Aviation, a new Kuwaiti-owned charter operator, and a member of the Al-Shalfan International Group, has ordered one Phenom 100 and one Phenom 300. The company has also signed a letter of intent for one Legacy 450 and two Legacy 500 jets. The first Phenom 100 is scheduled Read more

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